The city is small, but beautiful. People is kind and helpful. I will visit the city again in the future.
Amazing food with cheap and affordable price almost everywhere, even food inside the market area taste so good.
One and only shopping complex available in town but there is nothing to shop. Few historical buildings recommended for sight seeing, mainly are old churches and big temples such as St Michael All Angels Church and Puu Jih Shih Temple. Famous venue to visit are the Orang Utan Sanctuary & Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.
If you only come here to see speilok and the orangutans do yourself a favour and stay near the conservation centres as Sandakan itself is tired old and dirty.
Probiscios monkeys outside Sandakan are must to see!! Orang utans are also worth of visit but if only one is possible to see it is absolutely the first one.
In Sandakan nothing to see and it was very big disappointment for us to visit. Trips to Turtle Island were absolutely too expensive.
A lot of places can be visit such as, turtle island park, sandakan memorial park, bornean sun bear conservation centre, lankayan island, sepilok, labuk bay sanctuary, agnes newton keith home, rainforest park, buddhist temple,fisherman village, gomantong cave, sandakan heritage mesuem sunday central market.
Sandakan is a small town with little things to offer. I went there for a bussiness trip and not a holiday
Seafood is plentiful but not cheap. We found seafood more expensive than we expected. Local food in restaurants is very reasonable.
The only way to get around is by taxi, unless you hire a car or motorbike. The Sandikan war memorial is worth a visit and don't miss the free short movie in the small museum in the grounds. Take the time to stroll along the seafront walkway near the Four Points Sheriton Hotel in the evening. You will see local young courting couples and find plenty of inexpensive little outdoor restaurants serving delicious meals overlooking the water.
It's a small town, where you can easily travel and access to different places like the heritage sites, nature parks, and others.
You can find fresh and reasonable price for seafood. You can go for river cruise at Kinabatangan River. There a more outdoor activities and you can find tour package offers around too. If you want to go to the Island, you can ask the local for good recommendation. The Sabahan people are very friendly and nice.
A world class facility which is doing wonderful work at rehabilitating the orang-utans for the wild. A great experience.
Stay in Sandakan for a day before your jungle trip and return for a couple of days to explore the region.
Be sure to visit Keith Agnes House and have a smoothie at the tea rooms. Take a Taxi to the War Memorial Gardens 30 minutes out of town and if time permits, walk the heritage trail.
Sandakan is a city on the seaside with easy access to tours and boat trips. We found a really good restaurant on the rooftop of Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro.
Fantastic pizzas and great sunset view and relax after a days sight seeing. Sandakan is about 40 mins taxi to Sepilok Rehabiliation centre. Shopping is limited as is other attractions in the city. There was a lot of navy presence while we were visiting due to the Filipino terrorist groups abducting people off islands on the east coast of Sabah.
Sandakan offers nothing for the tourist - it is merely a place to base yourself and visit other locations on this part of Borneo such as turtle island, orangutans centre or Kinabatangan river.
...local town is very poor quality, when compared to rest of mainland Malaysia or Thailand...
Sandakan city is more based on local workers, transiting for tourists and local business. Most tourist spend time seeing Orangutan and monkey rehab centers, jungle tours and island tours.
We stayed in town as a rest between these activities. Go to Sim Sim Water Village for a great seafood lunch or dinner.
As a 2nd largest town in Sabah, it is a great place to find the more civilised items and it is also a place to have a chance to visit those sanctuary of crocodile and monkey.
There are so many things to do in Sandakan. You just have to deal with your hotel to arrange for your activities.
There is a lot of history around this city but the city itself is just a place to stop for a day or two.
It is not beautiful however there are some things of interest and it is right on the water. From the top of my hotel we saw a gorgeous sunset and had views of huge ships in the ocean with some small islands off the coast. The area has a large Muslim population but the people seemed friendly or at least tolerant.
You must hire a car for travelling outside city center. Most places accessible by public transport but not convenient for travelers because of insufficient or no information provided.
When you ask how to go there or there. The answer is always "taxi". Tourist information center closed without any notice. Nowhere to get help if you encounter any problem.
SANDAKAN FOLKS RISES VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING AND RETIRES EARLY AT NITE... SO TRAVELLERS WAKE UP EARLY TO JOIN IN THE FUN.
Sandakan is not a large city, but there are a few nice things to see/do. I recommend the sun bear and organguatan sanctuaries (right next to each other), as well as the rainforest discovery center - but make sure you go there early in the morning to catch all of the birds.
The rooftop bar of Balin was nice for sunset.
Sandakan is the main starting point for Sepilok or Turtle island. A busy little city On the waterfront.
Reasonable choice of accommodation and tourist agencies.
Sandakan town has nothing to offer except a few pleasant Restaurants, what one goes to Sandakan for is for Eco tourism, seeing the Orangutans, Sun Bears, Mackack & Proboscis Monkeys, all in their natural habitat.
The Rainforest Sanctuary was excellent as well. The War Memorial Park was well worth a visit as well.
Dirty and smelly around harbour and outside hotel. No decent seafood restaurants. Seafood expensive $ 40 U.
S a kilo for coral trout.
2nd largest city of Sabah. The best place to hang around is probably Prima Square because it is cleaner and less messier than the central.
Nothing much to do, cause the spending power of these people are quite low on daily entertainment.
Most people that come to Sandakan visit the orang utan park, I think its worth staying a little longer to so you can visit the brand new sun bear enclosure and turtle island park.
The sun bear enclosure is right next to the orang utans and because its so new it doesn't suffer from the over exposure of the orang utan centre. When I visited their was a park ranger on the platform to point out the trees that the bears were in and answer any questions. Turtle island park is a bit more expensive then the other attractions but its so unique I think its worth it.
Very quite after dark but lots of activities around during weekend. Nothing much to visit except temples, museum and church but the good thing is that seafood are quite cheap and fresh.
Catch a minibus in town and for just a dollar plus per person, they'll drop you at the infamous "sim sim" seafood village where you can get varieties of seafood at an affordable price.
Sandakan having a nice view during sightseeing tour. A more to nature who ever loves nature you should come here and visit Kinabatangan River, Selingan Island to having turtle always there for lying egg.
They have Sepilok Orang Utan, Sun Bear and Proboscis monkey which you can see it only here. Wildlife nature as I visited Kinabatangan, we saw elephant thru out the river having their food. Many bird species is here too.
the adventures trip while we having fun in river cruise, trip to island seightseeing and many more activities
Sandakan is a peaceful and quiet town. The people here are friendly, the food here is cheap and delicious.
There are many outdoor activities in Sandakan. However, the roads towards those destinations are bumpy.